Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles This week we learn the second greatest card trick of all time. Or maybe it's just the second card trick I learned. I don't know. [MUSIC PLAYING] This magical episode of Scam School brought you by Carbonite. Welcome to the show that was born in a fistfight between Bernie Madoff and David Copperfield. Scam School, the only show dedicated to social engineering at the bar and on the street. And no matter who you are, no matter what situation you're in, you can never have enough badass card tricks to bail you out when it comes to magic. And that's why you're going to learn my second favorite card trick of all time. All right, Will. All right, Liam. Here's the thing. A while back on scam school, I thought the first badass card trick I ever learned. Tonight I teach you the second awesome card trick I ever learned. Cool. This one-- actually, I'm not going to give it any prelude at all. We'll just go ahead and start. We've got to have one card to be controlled. Which one of you wants to take the card? Show it. Go ahead and show it to the camera. And I'm going to perform this exactly the way I'm going to teach it to you. I want you to see it. I'm going to take your card. We're going to shuffle it into the deck. I'm going to mix them all the cards up. So there's no possible way I can know where your card is. I'm going show you some cards. And if you see it, don't you lie to me. You tell me if you see your card, all right? OK. All right. Here we go. First try. No. What do you mean, no? Oh, sorry. Like no, that's not your card? No. No. No. Close, but no cigar. You might be messing-- people sometimes mess with me. I just want to be clear. That wasn't it. 100%, for sure, not it. 100% for sure. For sure. Not it. And both of these guys. Neither of these. Right. Definitely, definitely not it. Definitely not it. Definitely not. Do me a favor. Make a fist. Pinch that. All right. You ready? What was your card? Three of hearts. Ready? [DING] Three of hearts. That's pretty awesome. Do you have to drop them on the ground? Do you have to? No, I will clean up all the cards down here. But the important things-- How do you do that? Is you're going learn how to do it. And we need to thank our sponsors. What? You think you're going to be immortal, live forever? Bad news, bro. Sooner or later, your machinery breaks down, just like your computer does. And then you lose all your most precious data. Unless you back it up to the cloud with carbonite.com. Carbonite.com takes all your most valuable data, and backs it up, where it's totally safe, and can live forever. That awesome photo of the frat party that you guys crashed your freshman year of college? Safe. That awesome photo of your buddy puking all over his chest looking like a dumbass? Safe forever. Make these precious memories last a lifetime by heading on over to carbonite.com. And use promo code scamschool when you set up your account. You'll get 15-day trial. And if you like the service, which of course you will, when you sign up for $59 a year, you'll also get two months free. Most importantly, you'll be making me personally look good making sure that you stay swimming in free drinks. Promo code scamschool. Your computer's going to die. All right. One thing I always like to ask people. Seriously, on a scale of one to eternity, how good is this trick in your mind at this moment? It's like maybe a third of eternity. One third of eternity is how good it is. That's a lot, though. I'll take one third of an eternity. So here's the thing. There are two parts to this trick. And some of our longtime viewers will recognize one of the movies from an episode we did a long time ago, called Controlled Cards. So first of all, you go ahead and take the card here, whatever one you want. And it genuinely doesn't matter whatever card you want. You look it. Remember. You can show it to the camera. So the first move is you've got to get the card in the right position. So in this case, I just have you set it right on the top. And then I use the overhand shuffle, and a very simple card control to bring it down to the bottom, and keep it at the bottom. You'll notice that I hold it in overhand position. I just pull down one card, which is your card. And then I put all the other cars on top. Then, from the other side, I keep my fingers pinched on both sides. So that when I pick up the cards, it continues to keep your card on bottom as long as I want. When I'm ready to start the trick, the last move I do after keeping it on the bottom is I pick up the whole deck. And I peel off one, two, three cards. And then drop it down, leaving your card fourth from the bottom. You with me so far? Yeah. Are you pinching it, when you're pinching it, like, you is it between these fingers and that finger? Just between my thumb on the left side, and my fingers on the right. When you lift it, you pick it up, it keeps the bottom card on the bottom. Right. And again, you can watch the Controlled Cards episode to get the full effect on this. Now you're all set. This is when you ask them, do you definitely remember the suit and value of the card. And you start testing them. Start with the card that's on the bottom. I honestly have no idea what your card is. I just hold up a card. And You guys say no. And then I pull it off. I set it down. Then I show the next card. You guys say no. I pull it off, and set it down. The third card from the bottom, I show it to you guys. And you say so. This is where I get fancy. What I do is a move we learned in the episode called Cut With Confidence, called the glide. And that's where, as I go in with my right hand to peel off one card, my left hand uses the pinkie to slide down, to glide down that bottom card. So instead, I take the next to the bottom card out-- in this case your card, fourth from the bottom-- and set it down. OK. Does that makes sense? Yeah. And then while I'm down, you'll notice the last time, I don't show the cards up like this again. Because I'd be showing you the same card twice. So instead, I grab the next card as well, hold it up, and ask if that's the card as well. And you guys of course say no. So now we have four cards that you have seen, or think you've seen. But the third one up is your actual card. Now we do the same thing again. We give you a second chance. And in this case it worked out great. I acted like maybe you guys were confused. So I hold the cards in a brick. And again, I show you the same card again, set it down again. Again, the second card. But this time, because your card is third one down, I do the glide. And I pull your card out, and set it down. And then these last two, I trade their order. So I show them to you both at once. You don't notice that you saw this card twice. Because you're seeing in the context of two other cards. Now we just arrange the cards so that your card is on the bottom by paying attention. I have you make the fist. And you're going to put it right in that fist. And what I do is I bell them out just a little bit. So you're holding the packets. And because the way you're pinching them, when I smack my hand down, all the card will come out-- the first, second, and third card-- leaving only the bottom card, which will of course be your card. And the advantage of this is, first of all, not only do they think they saw all four of the cards, and none of them are their cards. The important thing is that it happens in their hands. When you can make that magic happen in their hands, you get a bonus multiplier on the effect of this thing. Totally. Here's the only question that matters, is which one of you is ready to try to pull this thing off? I bet this guy is. Let's see your mad skills, sir. All right. Let me try it out. So pick a card. All right. Take a look at it. Don't let me see. All right. That's good so far. Off to a smashing success. So, slide? That's good. That's good. So you got the card on top. Which means you now want to control the card down to the bottom. How do you do that? I'll do the overhand shuffle. There you go. Just like that. Keep on going. That's good. That's good. That's good. I made a mess. And then finally, the last time you shuffle, what do you do? You gotta peel off three cards to put on the bottom. I would do it under the guise of an overhand shuffle. So what I would do is I would pick up the whole block with your right hand. Yeah?